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Dance, live-music, text-theatre, audience-interaction and a group of performers from Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Guatemala and USA, integrating every aspect of the show, from saxophone-playing to moving the props and scenography, into their character-work.


“...The dancer/actors possess a wonderful synergy and a knack for creating striking stage pictures, either on their own or with the aid of a few well-chosen props...”
                                                                                                                                                    nytheatre.com - Russell M. Kaplan · September 12, 2008
“This young group of international artists from different disciplines has created a unique world within the La Mama Annex theatre.  In this secret place, human relations unfold playfully and painfully through beautifully physical phrases of movement and broken fragments of language. With its light humor and poetic aesthetic, Atomic City should not be overlooked.”                                                                                                                        Barbara Barbareschi, theatre-blogger

What is it like to live in the ultimate Big Brother society, where fear of the enemy is dominant and the following of orders without asking questions is the norm? 
How do you communicate with neighbours and family, when talking about your, very time-comsuming, job is prohibited?
What is it like when it is expected of you, that you show happiness on the outside no matter what is going on inside of you?
With propagandistic campagnes and nuclear- and terror-threats, the population slowly becomes less tolerant


















During the second world war, the Manhattan Project turned the entire town of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, into a closed, secret nuclear weapon research facility and factory. Completely sealed off from the outside world.

In Oak Ridge, everybody kept close tabs on everybody else and no-one, excepting the absolute top leaders, knew what the actual goal of the project was. That they were all ultimately contributing to the swift and violent deaths of hundreds of thousands of people, was a well kept secret until after the bombs had hit Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Oak Ridge was the inspiration for Atomic City.
                                                                                                                    Photos from the show:
Performers: Jens Bäckvall, Nis Bäckvall, Runa Kaiser Larsen,
Jon Morris, Aidan O’Shea, Tobias Sondén, Karl Sørensen,
Saida Trujillo

Idea and manuscript: Jens Bäckvall, Jon Morris

Dramaturgy: Mette Guldborg Hansen, Christoph Schletz

Dramaturgic assistant: Anson Mount

Music: Nis Bäckvall, Tobias Sondén

Sound, light, tech.: Felix Grimm

Costumes: Lejka Siefert

Scenography: Christian Wassmann

Atomic City was supported by:
Robert Wilsons Watermill Center, LaMaMa ETC, The Danish Arts Council, The Danish Consulate of New York, The Swedish consulate of New York, Molo design, Synlawn and some smaller private sponsors.
 

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